Crane’s Midcity novels are full of zinging, compelling heroines and dark and dangerous heroes. The push and pull between Packard and Justine is heartwrenching and inspiring. This installment is packed with tension, laughter and the perfect touch of romance; readers will be waiting in line for Crane’s next one!

Justine Jones is stuck belonging to Packard’s gang. In exchange for his freedom, they’re committed to “rebooting” criminals imprisoned by the mind of Otto, the town’s new mayor. Otto’s a high cap, a person with high-capacity powers. Packard is Justine’s key to survival, the only person who can ensure the people they zing are safe. To zing the wrong person means death, or life in a catatonic state. Attracted to Packard, Justine denies her feelings for him because of his less than shiny past, and his innate ability to manipulate her. Instead, she’s in a relationship with his nemesis Otto. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Justine becomes involved in a plot to kill high caps. Otto’s not safe — no one is. As Justine unravels the truth, she finds Packard isn’t the bad guy she thought he was, but it may be too late. (BANTAM SPECTRA, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton